ABOUT ACSC/APF 2019
This year 2019, Thailand chairs ASEAN and Thai CSOs will be hosting the ACSC/APF 2019. We welcomed the ASEAN Charter, which was announced during the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore on November 20, 2007. Additionally, under the auspices of ASEAN 40th Anniversary, we saw ASEAN’s commitments towards people-centred ASEAN and would like to reiterate below.
1) ASEAN is moving towards a community of caring and sharing for the common benefits and better quality of lives of its peoples. ASEAN peoples will have an equal opportunity to access human development, social welfares and justice system (ASEAN Commitment No. 11); and
2) ASEAN recognises peoples’ organisations and CSOs both as a primary target for development and their key role in participating in strengthening ASEAN, as stated under ‘people-centred’ ASEAN (ASEAN Commitment No. 13) and ‘Empowering Peoples’ (ASEAN Commitment No. 10)